SEND stands for Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. At Grangefield School we believe that all children and young people deserve to achieve their best possible outcomes. We are committed to providing an appropriate and high quality education to all children. We seek to raise achievement and lower barriers to learning ensuring access to all educational opportunities. Provision for pupils with SEND is a whole school ethos. We also have a dedicated team of staff with many years of educational experience who ensure that pupils SEND needs are met.
Early Help is about children, young people and families getting the right help at the right time, before issues get worse.
The purpose of “Early Help” is to prevent issues and problems becoming serious and harmful to the child, young person, family and community. When children and families need this extra support, they often need it quickly. Provision of early help support can be at all stages of a child’s life; pre-birth, during pregnancy, childhood or adolescence.
Here at Grangefield School, we recognise the importance of Early Help and as a result, we have a dedicated NEST (Nurturing & Emotional Support Team) consisting of a range of staff members with many years of educational experience between them, each offering different expertise to provide help, support and guidance within school and out.
As a team, we meet regularly to discuss children in key groups including those with SEN, Early Help Interventions and those on Child Protection or Child In Need Plans. We also discuss any referrals made to us, regarding children or families, with any concerns which could be affecting the mental health and well-being of a child/children or family members.
If your child is eligible for ‘free school meals’ and you register them for this, we’ll receive extra funding called ‘pupil premium’. We use this extra money to improve the educational provision and resources at the school.
What is pupil premium funding?
Pupil premium funding from the government is given to schools to help pupils reach their full potential, regardless of their background or financial situation. It’s provided for pupils who:
· Are registered for free school meals
· Have been registered for free school meals at any point in the past 6 years
· Are, or have been, in care
· Have parents in the armed forces
At Grangefield School, we get an extra £1,320 for every eligible pupil who is registered for free school meals. This extra money could make a real difference to the quality of education we offer.
For example, we’ve previously used pupil premium funding for:
· Educational provision/resources
· Academic interventions
· Wellbeing and self-esteem building interventions
Is my child eligible for free school meals?
Your child might be eligible if you access:
· Income Support
· Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance
· Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
· The guaranteed element of Pension Credit
· Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
· Working Tax Credit run-on
· Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income not exceeding £7,400 (£616.67 per month)
Universal Infant free school meals
Currently, pupils in reception, year 1 and year 2 are entitled to a free school meal thanks to a different government funding scheme known as universal infant free school meals (UIFSM). You shouldn’t confuse UIFSM with free schools meals and the pupil premium.
If your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2 and is eligible for free school meals according to the criteria above, you should still register because we’ll receive the extra pupil premium funding.
Does my child have to eat the free school meals?
No. Pupils who are registered for free school meals don’t have to eat them. If you’re eligible but you want your child to have packed lunches, you should still register because the school will receive the funding which can support your child in other ways.
How do I register?
For more information about pupil premium go to our website, which contains details of how the pupil premium has been spent in the past academic year and how it will be spent this year.
If you have any questions or specific concerns, please contact the school office.